I have a few more stories about Shanghai. I figured everyone is on vacation mode now. And since we’re staying home for Easter (we always do), I have time to clean up and catch up on some stories. This is about one of my favourite areas in Shanghai – the French Concession.
Our first few days, we maximized whatever we could see and learn about the French Concession. We thought we had seen all there is to the French Concession when we visited Tianzifang. But my husband was still determined to see more of the tree-lined streets and quaint shops – those of the not too touristy kinds. We met up with my friend Lylah Juinio, who’s been an expat living in Shanghai for many years. She took us around the area she lives in.
The French Concession was established on 6 April 1849, when the French Consul to Shanghai, Charles de Montigny, obtained a proclamation from the Governor (Daotai) of Shanghai, which conceded certain territory for a French settlement. (Wikipedia).
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Lylah took us to this tiny little shop that sold local sneakers which were apparently a big hit amongst European hipsters. It’s a French brand that originated in Shanghai – Feiyue.
We really enjoyed that walk through the French Concession. It was nice to see the westernized part of Shanghai, where most expats lived. I loved the pedestrian culture – cafes, quaint boutiques, antiques shops. No major brands here.
On our first day, Patrick and I explored another part of the French Concession – Xintiandi, a pedestrian entertainment and shopping complex situated in old row houses. This area was more gentrified and centrally planned.
All photos taken using Olympus PEN EP3